Old English Wassail - Wine Spices
1.5 oz Package - Brews 1 Gallon
Fill a pot with 1 gallon of red wine or port. Mix in orange peel, ginger, cinnamon, cloves, and allspice. Add 1/2 cup sugar, and simmer at low heat for 1-2 hours. Strain, then serve hot, topping each cup with a slice of toast.
History: Wassail (Middle English 'waes hael' - 'be you healthy') refers both to the salute "Waes Hail" and to the drink of wassail, a hot mulled wine, or as mulled cider drunk as part of wassailing, an English ritual intended to ensure a good apple harvest the following year. Wassail began as a spiced wine that resembled Roman recipes that survived the Middle Ages. It was a libation for the wealthy who could import the wine, fruit, sugar, and spices of ginger, cloves cinnamon, allspice, nutmeg. When ale and cider replaced the wine, wassail recipes varied according to means of each family.